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Cech: It’s Tottenham’s time

Former Chelsea and current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech claims it’s time for Tottenham to win trophies

The goalkeeper said Pochettino’s side must win a trophy to equal the success of the Gunners.

The 35-year-old denied suggestions of a north London power shift, saying there are simply “odd” years.

“No I don’t think so. There is always one odd year where things can change, but the most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory,” Cech replied when asked if there had been a power shift in north London.

Spurs managed to finish ahead of local rivals Arsenal for the first time in more than two decades, as Tottenham took the second spot in the Premier League last season.

While, Pochettino’s side had a successful year, Wenger’s men came in at fifth, missing out on a Champions League spot.

On the other hand, the Gunners won 3 FA Cups in the last four years, as they defeated the Blues of London at Wembley in May.

Ahead of this weekend’s north London derby, as Arsenal face Tottenham, Cech insists Pochettino’s team need to secure a trophy before they can claim to have moved ahead of Arsene Wenger’s side.

“We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago, when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title,” he started.

“Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing.”

“They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression,” Cech added.

He was asked about the secret behind the success of Spurs, and Cech answered by praising Mauricio Pochettino.

“The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino,” the goalkeeper revealed.

“You can see from his work at Southampton, he showed that he is very capable as a manager and coach.”